A window into the production path of your food.
Well, we wouldn't mind a little rain. We have gotten a touch here and there, but what we need is a long soaking rain. The kind that goes deep. The rains we have gotten have seemed substantial as we watch the storms roll by with their illuminating lightening strikes, crashing thunder, and follow-up red skies. But when I reach my hand into the soil in the field, it is clear that the water has only just wetted the surface. So we would like to order up a deep soaking rain for our plants and microbes please.
Saturday Ann Arbor Customers! Thanks for seeking us out at market last week! We hope to set up back on the sidewalk again this coming week. Jim will likely be there again too!
Pre-Order your tomatoes for all your sauce, salsa, and soup needs! Just send us an email 2 days before your market with the quantity and type of tomato you would like and which market you will be picking up at. We will pack 'em up and have them waiting for you!
The amazing Tomato Sale Continues!
If you get over 5 pounds, the price is $2.50/pound (three bursting quarts for $13-$14).
If you go over 10 pounds, the price is $2.00/pound (about six quarts!).
A whole tray of firsts- $25 dollars!
We also have seconds for sale, any amount for $2.00.
You could score a whole tray of delicious heirloom tomatoes for just $20!
It is finally time to make that sauce and salsa! Grab some onions, garlic, bell peppers, and something spicy, chop and toss 'em! I love salsa.
Our markets this week:
Wednesday: Ann Arbor
Saturday: Eastern Market, Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, Chelsea
Celery root aka celeriac, the mysterious vegetable. What is it and what do you do with it? Here is a list from www.bonappetit.com of ideas and some information about celeriac, the amazing creaming, sweet tasting root. This is one of the recipes from that site.
Celery on Celery SaladINGREDIENTS
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
- ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
- ¼ cup capers
- ½ medium celery root (celeriac), peeled, thinly sliced on a mandoline (this is equivalent to one bunch of our roots)
- 5 celery stalks, thinly sliced into long ribbons on a mandoline (You could also just use the stalks from our uber fresh celery root)
- Whisk oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Stir in parsley and capers.
- Add celery root and celery to dressing; toss to coat. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.
Food for thought:
The lightening bugs have gone their way, and the crickets and the cicadas are signalling the truth of summer. If you have ever wondered what a cicada looks like when making all its racket, this video offers you a close up! It is amazing to me that these tiny insects can make all this sound.
These summer sounds have us hustling and bustling as usual. This week we hope to prepare fall ground for the following: cover crops, next years garlic, our over wintering greens- which this year we hope to have many of. We also hope to pull the rest of our onions from the field, dig a whole mound of potatoes, seed some more storage crops, and carry on with the song and dance of harvest.
Our weekly rituals are ingrained and enjoyable. We are so glad you are part of them. Looking forward to seeing you at market!
Helen writing for the Lake Dividers: Jim, Lizz, Janet, Malcolm, Mattie, Cody, Sean, Alic, Doug, Kathryn, and Shana!
Good for the Earth, Good for the Farmers, Good for the People. The Trifecta of sustainability. Good for the earth: Taking care of the natural world is a important, after all, it takes care of us; Good for the farmer: We believe farmers should have livable hours and livable wages; Good for the people: We believe in food equality and bringing our produce to market at an affordable price and keeping it accessible is important to us.
- Looking to join our CSA or renew your membership? Find more details here. The basics? Open an account with us, get a bonus, and use your account to purchase produce with us at any of our markets. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask.
- We are accepting workshares both on the farm and at market. Please email for details.
Microgreens are back!- Arugula and a spicy mix!
Baby Swiss Chard!
All manner of deliciousness:
Cucumbers- limited but a new planting is on the cusp!
Eggplant- very limited. This seasons eggplant may be a bust. We are trying to turn it around but will have to wait and see if it comes in.
Ground Cherries! Nature's candies wrapped in a husk. You tell us what they taste like!
Kohlrabi- looking for a radish, Try a kohlrabi!
Onions- Cippolinis and tasty reds Potatoes
Peppers- friers and bells!
Hot peppers: Hungarian hot wax, Jalepenos, and Poblanos
Shishito Peppers: Delicious Japanese friers. Great on the grill, great blistered in a pan, great roasted. Eat the whole thing but the stem!
Zucchini: Green and Yellow
Cherry Tomatoes are in full effect!
Tomatoes!!!!! Heirlooms, romas, and slicers galore!
Fennel Flowers- so sweet and delicious! Great for a fancy drink or a tasty salad.
Napa cabbage will be back before you know it
This weeks Markets
Wednesday: Ann Arbor
In the same location as the Saturday market, the Ann Arbor Wednesday Market is a little more laid back. If you don't want to fight the crowds. come out on Wednesday and take the chance to talk with all your farmers, chefs, and artisans.The Ann Arbor Market is located in the Kerrytown District at 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI Find us there May thru December, 7 am to 3 pm.
The Northville Market is located at the corner of 7 Mile and Sheldon Roads. It runs May thru October, 8 am - 3 pm
The Stockbridge Open Air Market is located on the square in downtown Stockbridge. It runs from May thru October from 4 pm - 7 pm
Saturday: Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Detroit's Eastern Market, The White Lotus Farm Cart and Royal Oak Market
The Ann Arbor Market is located in the Kerrytown District at 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI. The market runs from May thru December, 7 am to 3 pm and January thru April from 8 am - 3 pm.
The Chelsea Farmers' Market is located in the Palmer Commons at 304 S. Main St.. It runs May thru October (then moves inside thru December!) from 8 am - 1 pm.
The Eastern Market in Detroit is located about a mile northeast of downtown. It covers about 43 acres, bounded by I-75 on the West and Gratiot Avenue on the South. It runs year round from 6am – 4pm
The Royal Oak Market is an indoor market located at 316 E Eleven Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067. It runs year round from 7am - 1pm.
While you will no longer find us at the White Lotus Farm Cart, you can still find our produce. Head out to the garden for doughnuts, pizza, and delicious vegetables!